PM: Cambodia No Right to Assign a Representative at G20 Summit and APEC Dialogue

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has made a clarification to some misunderstanding over the return of the whole Cambodian delegation from the G20 Summit in Indonesia without a representation.

In a special voice message shared this evening, Samdech Techo Hun Sen explained that Cambodia is neither a member of G20 nor a member of APEC, it was invited because it is the ASEAN Chair; therefore, it has no right to assign a minister or deputy prime minister as its representative.

Cambodia has coordinated with Indonesia, that had received the ASEAN chairmanship gavel, to represent ASEAN, he added.

Moreover, he continued, all the Cambodian delegates, about 40 of them, were on the same flight. “Even though no one got infected with COVID-19 (besides me), it could pose a concern for the host Indonesia, that is why I decided that the whole delegation must return home and to hand over the [ASEAN] representation to Indonesia,” he underlined.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to confirmed his good health. “It is now more than 24 hours since my last (voice) message. Now my health is normal. I eat and rest normally,” he affirmed.

The Prime Minister stressed that what make him very happy is that all leaders who left Cambodia for the G20 Summit in Indonesia or return to their respective countries have been tested negative for the virus.

“Therefore, we can confirm that Cambodia received guests with safety, security and without COVID-19 infections, which provide favourable conditions for Cambodia to successfully host the ASEAN Summits and Related Summits,” the Cambodian Premier emphasised.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press